Madonna joined Miley Cyrus for her MTV Unplugged show and they posed together with their mouths wide open and tongues provocatively hanging out. Why?

Because every publicity agent knows that beautiful women, dressed scantily, wearing gold ear rings, and jewel ornamented cowgirl outfits will get attention. Add talented singing voices while dancing and gyrating with sexy grinding motions to loud beating music and lyrics, along with flashing colorful lighting is certain to entertain carnal imaginations. Impressionable women who enjoy their act may emulate everything about the entertainers, from their hair style, outfits, and class or classless mannerisms. Whether or not their behavior on stage is just an act, their act serves to influence. Attention and influence is what publicity is all about to obtain money, power, and fame in the world of entertainment.

In contrast, world newspaper headlines and media broadcasts gave great attention to another influential woman when they announced the passing away of Mother Theresa, Uncountable thousands of admirers mourned her death and attended her wake and burial. For days and weeks afterword, news commentary lauded her accomplishments and merciful mission in life with both attention and publicity. She left behind a religious order of women that respected her influence enough to want to follow in her footsteps.

King Solomon

In a novel excerpt, I surmised what thoughts King Solomon, based on his proverb, may have had about the contrasts of women in his assessment of the Queen of Sheba. He purportedly had 700 wives and 300 concubines, therefore he must have gained great insight about the eminence and graciousness of women. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.


As I listened to the cheering and looked at Bilqis, I thought to myself, she illuminates the gold she displays with her graciousness and taste. She derives attention not only from her attractiveness, or from her gold earrings that she wears, but also more significantly from the personal qualities within her. This is a beautiful woman with good taste and intellectual discrimination. Anyone can wear gold earrings, yet gold alone will not bring a woman respect and influence. A gold ring on a pig’s snout, a beautiful woman with no taste. (Proverb 11:22)


As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka

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